The Glover Report: COUNTDOWN TO SEPTEMBER 13th: Why Redistricting Isn’t Being Mentioned in the News Thus Far
What the power brokers are actively discussing, but the masses are not ...
By Doni Morton Glover, www.bmorenews.com
(BALTIMORE – June 30, 2011) – My personal mission statement is to inform, educate, and inspire. That’s what I believe is my calling. In the old days, they’d say, “Agitate! Agitate! Agitate!” Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Fannie Lou Hamer and countless others come to mind as I ponder the concept of real advocacy on behalf of black people. And not just in black America: Haiti had T’oussant L’Overture; Jamaica had Nanny the Maroon Queen; South Africa had Steve Biko.
Throughout the history of the black Diaspora, there have been freedom fighters and warriors – like Shaka Zulu – who fought for black people … and, most importantly, black progess.
Redistricting is underway. That’s where they change the districts around the State of Maryland to adjust to the population shifts. The thousands of vacant properties in Baltimore are evidence that we have lost population. People are continuing to leave urban centers across America, actually. Many of them are black.
If you recall, the last time redistricting occurred, the Maryland Democratic Party politically lynched then-State Sen. Clarence Mitchell, IV because he dared to support the Republican running against then-Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy-Townsend, the lady who told black people, “I’m not my father. I’m not my uncle.”
If you recall, she didn’t become your governor. Then-Congressman Bob Ehrlich did. One result, on the positive side, was $300 million for Coppin State University, an HBCU that was historically starved to death by the State of Maryland. Today, thanks to people like Sen. Mitchell aka C4, Coppin looks like a beautiful institution of higher learning.
The lesson the black community learned was that if we keep doing the same thing, we will keep getting the same result.
On the negative, Ehrlich did put in a State Special Prosecutor who had a field day eliminating black politicians in Baltimore and Prince George’s County.
As for redistricting, Prince George’s County got one of Baltimore’s state legislative districts as a result of the 2000 US Census.
Now, redistricting is upon us once again (Remember the Census last year?).
Once again, Baltimore is set to lost yet another state legislative district to Prince George’s County.
That means, in a nutshell, that State Sen. Lisa Gladden, State Sen. Catherine Pugh, or State Sen. Verna Jones will lose their seat when the Governor sets the map. Could this suggest that the Sept. 13th primary is, in fact, a referendum out of Annapolis as to who will run Baltimore: Gov. Martin O’Malley or State Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller?
That’s all for now. ‘Til next time, keep watching BMORENEWS.com, the news before the news where we uncover the truth.
PS – The filing deadline for the Sept. 13th primary is Tuesday, July 5th. Pay close attention to who has filed …. and who has not!
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I hope they X out Sen. Lisa Gladden's seat, since she is a public defender who wants to let all the murders and rapist out of jail. Lisa wants them out because she thinks 10 to 20 years is enough for rapist and murderer. How the hell does she think the families will feel about that? I at least thought liberals like her would want keep the trash in jail for life as oppose to the death penalty. But I guess the conflict of interest is that she is a public defender and a politician; I'm sure she has a soft heart for alleged killers. But it's not enough for her that the Governor has halted death penalty executions since he came into office, she wants them back on the street after they have done 10 to 20 years. Wow. She wants them all up for parole and the Governor's hands off the issue. She even blasted the Governor during the session for not being fair (FAIR IN HER EYES) like Governor Ehrlich in commuting them. We have enough bleeding-heart libs like her in the General Asylum in Annapolis. It is black liberals like her that are the problem with Baltimore and this state. So X her out. And I am a black person saying that!